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Rumour: MSI to be first with Pine Trail netbook

Rumour: MSI to be first with Pine Trail netbook

This close-up of an Intel slide shows the chips which comprise Pine Trail.

Intel's Atom CPU powers the vast majority of netbooks, but the successor to the current line up has been the subject of speculation, with Intel having to reaffirm that the new chip will indeed be released this year.

The new CPU - codenamed Pineview, accompanying the Tiger Point IO hub, to comprise the Pine Trail platform - is most notable for the fact it features graphics integrated into the processor. It also moves the memory controller into the CPU, as we've seen in Core i7 desktop CPUs. The advantages of this level of integration for netbooks are obvious; using two chips instead of three cuts down on cost, power usage and of course, the physical size of the system.

Pine Trail looks ideal for allowing laptop companies to evolve their netbook designs, and according to Taiwanese tech industry news site DigiTimes, it's MSI who will be first with a netbook based on the new chips. Digitimes quotes "industry sources" in its article, and goes on to say that: "MSI intends to beat global vendors by launching the new platform ahead of schedule and to avoid having to immediately compete on price... MSI's new netbooks are expected to adopt Windows 7 operating system and features touch screen capability."

There's been little said by Intel about how powerful Pine Trail's graphics will be, so while Nvidia won't be worried in terms of power, it's another clear indication that Ion will continue to face a very tough battle.

Let us know your thoughts in the forums - is Pine Trail eagerly all that awaited? And most importantly, can it run Crysis?

Read more on netbooks with our laptop reviews, and our look at the Ion platform.

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ChaosDefinesOrder 18th August 2009, 15:36 Quote
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to avoid having to immediately compete on price

simply translated: "they can charge whatever they want for it before competition forces them to reduce prices"
tejas 18th August 2009, 16:27 Quote
My gut feeling is that Pine View won't be able to run Crysis maxed out. Might have to turn the AA from 8x to 4x but I reckon it will suffice /
sarcasm meter overload!

Truth is that Pine View graphics will most probably still suck big time and Pine View will need a decent Nvidia or ATI GPU solution...
cjoyce1980 18th August 2009, 16:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by tejas
My gut feeling is that Pine View won't be able to run Crysis maxed out. Might have to turn the AA from 8x to 4x but I reckon it will suffice /
sarcasm meter overload!

Truth is that Pine View graphics will most probably still suck big time and Pine View will need a decent Nvidia or ATI GPU solution...

why??? it meant for netbooks and nettops and this user base is only really bothered about facebook, email and youtube
pendragon 18th August 2009, 19:05 Quote
seriously... not worried about the graphics capabilities at all.. i'm quite interested in how this will improve battery life and overall speed on the netbook segment of the market though.. should be interesting to watch!
HourBeforeDawn 18th August 2009, 19:24 Quote
if it streams HD content with no issues on the netbook I shall be happy :)
[PUNK] crompers 19th August 2009, 13:16 Quote
/\ this would be good

cant see myself trading in my eee1000 for at least 2-3 years though
Skiddywinks 19th August 2009, 15:53 Quote
So long as it can play all video formats smoothly, and stream the same, then that is all it needs.
HourBeforeDawn 19th August 2009, 19:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by crompers
/\ this would be good

cant see myself trading in my eee1000 for at least 2-3 years though

ya I love my 1000he ^^
Abdul Hadi 5th October 2009, 13:18 Quote
Makes sense if it is cheaper and better.
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